On the road, again

Copenhagen-based blackened-hardcore band Hexis plays at the Crown Hotel on December 19. PhotoL...
Copenhagen-based blackened-hardcore band Hexis plays at the Crown Hotel on December 19. PhotoL Supplied
Over the past four months, Copenhagen-based blackened-hardcore band Hexis has been on the largest tour of its career. Next week, they'll be arriving on our shores, writes Fraser Thompson.

The tour has seen them playing non-stop since September, everywhere from Sweden to Mongolia to Australia. By the end of the tour, Hexis will have been touring for 93 days, played 81 shows and visited 12 countries.

I spoke to Filip, vocalist and founding member, to try to figure out how and why.

Q This tour you're on is pretty insane. How do you have the stamina to keep on going?

Touring is the thing I love the most, so going out and playing shows, seeing the world ... I like this more than doing a real job at home, so being away from everything, that's perfect for me. But, some days you're feeling a bit tired and just missing everything at home ... But most of the time it's cool.

Q Feeling tired is understandable. You're not really taking many breaks.

We've had a few days off. We had one yesterday, and actually I felt super restless, but I guess that's because now I'm used to playing all the time. I don't really like to have breaks, to be honest.

Q You're hitting a lot of less toured places, like Mongolia and New Zealand. Do you find that there's an audience in each place?

Yeah, sure. We had a few shows where we didn't have too many people. In Australia, we played a small city and not that many people came out, but in Mongolia we had a pretty decent crowd. Overall, we've had a good turnout, but sometimes when you're playing a small city on a weekday you don't have the biggest turnout.

I'm excited about going back to New Zealand, last time we played there it was so nice.

Q Do you have a touring agency or are you just doing it by yourselves?

We're just doing it by ourselves. Right now [in Australia] we're touring with a band called Break Through, so we're, like, two bands sharing a van together. In Europe, we travelled with some other bands, but we usually don't really have any crew with us. In Taiwan, we had some people with us and the same in China, but the majority of the tour we're just alone.

Usually we're fine with doing most of the stuff by ourselves. I mean, of course, it'd be nice to have a sound guy or something like that, but when it comes to selling merch and stuff, I like to take care of that, so I don't feel like we need a crew to do that stuff.

Q Are you finding time to write new music?

We haven't been writing any new music for, I dunno, two and a-half months? The plan is to, like, one or two months after we get home from the tour, we'll meet up to start writing a new album. After this year, we won't do too much touring, we have a short tour in April and then we'll probably do something in the [northern] summer, but we'll take the rest of the year off to record music because we really want to do a new album, which will be more fun to tour, I guess. I really enjoy it now, but I also feel like I really want to play new songs after I've been playing the same songs for such a long time.

Q It sounds like you're kind of living the dream right now.

For sure, these have been some of the best months of my life. So yeah, I'm having a really good time, but also, I mean, even if I really enjoy it I can also feel like I'm starting to miss my family a little. But yeah, it's great.

The gig

Hexis with Ayamvoid, Swallows Nest, Funeral Burner, Goats Az, Crown Hotel, December 19. 

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